Robert Plant Dismisses Future Led Zeppelin Reunions as a 'Pain'

Robert Plant discusses the future of Led Zeppelin and any possible reunion concerts in the new issue of Rolling Stone that dropped Thursday, but the news isn't good.

"I've gone so far somewhere else that I almost can't relate to it...It's a bit of a pain in the pisser to be honest," the 62-year-old singer says about the notion of stepping back into his role as frontman of one of music's preeminent hard rock bands. Plant, who continues to enjoy a successful solo career going on over 30 years, reveals that his 2007 benefit reunion show at London's 02 Arena with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and late drummer Jon Bonham's son Jason Bonham was likely the last time audiences will ever see Led Zeppelin perform together.

"Who cares? I know people care, but think about it from my angle -- soon, I'm going to need help crossing the street," he added.

The passing of time seems to be Plant's primary reason for deciding to abandon any lingering possibility of any more reunions. He laments to Rolling Stone about his disregard of bands that continue to tour with classic hits without offering anything new in the way of original music.

"There's nothing worse than a bunch of jaded old farts, and that's a fact," Plant said. "People who have written their story -- they've gotten to the point where nothing moves. I don't deal in that, and I don't deal with anybody who deals in that."

From: HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM
Robert Plant Producer Pat Moran Dies
The man who twiddled the knobs of Robert Plant's first two solo albums has died. Pat Moran Engineered Plant's first post-Zeppelin work, Pictures At Eleven, and is listed as a mixing credit along with Plant.

On Plant's second album, The Principle Of Moments, Moran again engineered, as well as co-produced and co-mixed with Plant and former Zeppelin tour manager Benji Lefevre.

Moran, who also worked on Lou Gramm's Ready Or Not, Big Country's No Place Like Home, Iggy Pop's Soldier and others, had been suffering a ten year illness.

No word on when, where or exact cause of death was for Pat Moran, one of the key cogs in Robert Plant,s transition from Led Zeppelin.

From: BRIANGARDINER.CA
Robert Plant Feels 'Naughty' Defying Florida Gig Ban
Robert Plant feels like a "naughty boy" whenever he performs in Florida - because he was once banned "for life" from playing in Tampa after a Led Zeppel;in show went awry.

The singer took to the stage at Tampa Stadium with the legendary band back onJune 03, 1977, but the gig was called off half-way through after heavy rain lashed the venue. The crowd became agitated, forcing police to move in to keep the peace - and Plant claims officials told the band to never return to the city.

Plant has since played in the state as a solo artist, but admits he feels like he is breaking the rules everytime he steps on stage there.

He says, "I feel like a naughty, naughty boy. I was banned from there for life. It was a Zeppelin concert and the weather turned. In those days, there was nothing to stop electrocution from water and power. So we had to stop the show, the crowd got restless and the police moved in.

"The authorities decided it was our fault and that would be the end of it. But I can creep in on my own now, under cover."

From: CONTACTMUSIC.COM
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant will likely record a follow-up to their five-time Grammy Award winning 2007 album Raising Sand, but don't expect that to happen right away. Although fans have clamored for a second album from the duo, Robert says that a 2009 session with Alison didn't produce the music they hope to release, according to an article in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

"The sound just wasn't there," Robert says. "Alison is the best. She's one of my favorite people. We'll come back to it."

For now, though, Robert is concentrating on his newly reunited Band of Joy. The revived Band of Joy group -- which Robert formed as an experimental blues band in the 1960s -- now includes singer Patty Griffin, multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott, guitarist and co-producer Buddy Miller, drummer Marco Giovino and bassist Byron House.

Upcoming concerts for the group include an appearance at the 38th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 16-19, in Telluride, Colo., where Band of Joy will join a lineup including Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, the Decemberists and Jerry Douglas.

Robert credits his somewhat recent love for country to the 2001 documentary 'Down from the Mountain,' that features live performances by bluegrass artists.

"When I was a kid, I didn't know about the great country singers," Robert says with an embarrassed shrug. "I knew about Leroy Van Dyke, Skeeter Davis and Jim Reeves, but there was no access to the real stuff like the Stanley Brothers. I didn't know about that until 'Down from the Mountain,' and I'd been in America then for 35 years. How amazing is that?"

Robert Plant and Band of Joy are on tour. Their next scheduled concert is January 18 in Asheville, N.C. For a complete list of dates and venues, check here.

From: THEBOOT.COM
Jason Bonham recently finished his "Led Zeppelin Experience" tour, and performed a couple of UK shows with Black Country Communion.

Bonham was asked recently about his plans and an update on Zeppelin; he says there's nothing being discussed, and goes on to describe the 2007 reunion show in London as "life-changing...a moment that I wanted for a long, long time."

Bonham shared his thoughts on this, and more, with Artisan News Service.

Jason Bonham feature and interview
Artisan News Service – January 10, 2011




From: HENNEMUSIC.COM
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October xx, 1968 - Led Zeppelin is recorded
October 19, 1968 - Final performance as the New Yardbirds
October 31, 1969 - Led Zeppelin II is released in the US
October 17, 1969 - Bonham is thrilled to play Carnegie Hall where Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa have performed
October 23, 1970 - Led Zeppelin III is released in the US
October xx, 1970 - The press lash out at the band over the Led Zeppelin III acoustic content
October xx, 1971 - Page and Plant venture around Thailand and India after the Japan tour
October 18, 1972 - Zeppelin rehearse at the Rainbow Theater for a UK tour
October xx, 1973 - Each member performs an individual film sequence for their concept film
October 31, 1974 - Swan Song hosts a party for the launch of its UK division
October xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin decide not to tour and concentrate on recording new material
October 20, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same premieres at New York’s Cinema One
October xx, 1977 - Jimmy starts assembling a Led Zeppelin live album from recordings as far back as 1969
October xx, 1978 - Jones and Bonham record with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
October xx, 1978 - Rehearsals for In Through The Out Door in London
October xx, 1979 - All nine Led Zeppelin albums enter the Billboards Top 200 -- no other band has ever achieved this
October 10, 1980 - A private funeral is held for John Bonham at Rushock church in Worcestershire
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